The concept is simple enough, from the 1st of December until Christmas Day you document an aspect of your day. Some days it will be holiday related, but it could also be an everyday moment such as running errands or transporting children. You can be sure that trips to see Santa, decorated Christmas trees and fairy lights all feature throughout the month. It’s all about capturing the magic and joy that is the holiday season.
At one level, December Daily is a memory keeping project. You record and preserve memories for you, or others, to look back upon.
But increasingly these memory keeping projects mean more to me, and l wanted to share what l’ve noticed.
The act of recording your routines, traditions and activities makes you more conscious of how you spend your time. Without a doubt, since l started to doing December Daily l am more conscious of how we spend our time in the lead up to Christmas. Over the past few years l’ve intentionally included more meaningful holiday activities into our month as a result.
Spending time recording each day gives you time to pause and reflect. Rather than the month being a blur of activity, after activity, the special moments of each day are identified and recorded. This has such a wide range of benefits, but most of all it leaves me feeling grateful for all the wonderful things in our life – big, small, routine and special.
December Daily is about celebrating the season, finding the joy and being thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives - Ali Edwards
This will be my third year of December Daily, and to be honest l haven’t succeeded in actually recording every day. It’s the busiest time of year, enough said. But l've taken many photos and spent time reflecting. If l get a few pages done as well, even better. I’m pretty relaxed about that, but am obviously hoping to get as many pages done as l can this year.
My best motivation for doing this project is looking back at the memories l have recorded from the past two year. Here are a few of the pages that really stand out to me, not because they are pretty or use the latest product, but because they mean something.
Please click on the images below to see them in more detail.
Sunday 4th December, 2011
Thursday 8th December, 2011
And thanks to my assistant this morning, our resident one-eyed Magpie who came down to see exactly what l was doing.